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Friday, June 28 • 08:30 - 10:00
Free Diving Session: Implementation of EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive

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Implementation of EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive
The intention with this invitation is to assemble people who have an interest in studying the implementation of EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). I am interested in taking stock of what has been done so far and discuss further directions for research. 
 
Background
EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) is an interesting attempt to put ecosystem-based management into practice. It has a clear focus on arriving at a programme of measures, intended to lead to good ecological status in European seas. Such a policy focus is not as clear in other frameworks of ecosystem-based management, which are more concerned with the assessment and understanding of the ecosystem. A first policy cycle has recently been completed for MSFD. The European coastal states have submitted their programmes of measures to the European Commission for review. These measures will now need to be implemented. In parallel, a second policy cycle is supposed to start. This is a good opportunity for assessing how the MSFD has been implemented, and what the outputs and outcomes will be when measures are being put into practice. 
 
There is also an international relevance of this topic, beyond the EU. There are several warning signs for the progress of EBM. Some of the states that were seen as frontrunners when EBM was enthusiastically promoted, have either abandoned the approach or not managed to put it into practice (Australia, Canada, USA). The Biodiversity Convention, which also pioneered promoting EBM in the 1990s, also seem to pay little attention to the concept anymore. Thus, it would be of interest to study what has been achieved through the European approach, where a European Directive is driving a parallel process in different coastal states and maritime regions.

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Friday June 28, 2019 08:30 - 10:00
REC A1.06 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam